A few years back, I was hanging out with one of my friends and his kid did this kung-fu move and shouted something about bending air at me.  I had no idea what he was talking about.  Then my friend suddenly kicked the ground, did another kung-fuey move, and said something about bending earth.

I was completely lost.

It was explained to me that there was this ‘kick ass show’ called Avatar: The Last Airbender that all the kids were into and that it was also pretty entertaining for their parents.  Ok.  I didn’t check it out until Netflix started streaming the show and found that I was really impressed.  My only complaint came when I realized how few episodes there actually were of the series: 3 seasons, 61 episodes.  Still, given how poorly genre shows typically do with series endings, I had to admit that Avatar at least had a beginning, a middle and (most importantly) an end.  A pretty good one, too. The show had a rich world and great characters.  I think a sequel was inevitable.

Enter: The Legend of Korra.

WARNING:Spoilers for the original series from this point forward!

70 years have passed since Aang and his friends defeated the Firelord’s armies, ending the 100 years war with the Fire Nation. Aang is gone and a new Avatar, Korra, has been found. Part of the Southern Water Tribe, Korra has been trained by the Society of the White Lotus, who have kept her sheltered from the world as she mastered Water, Earth and Fire Bending. All that’s left is for her to learn Air Bending from Aang’s youngest son, Tenzin. But to do so will mean traveling to Republic City, a steampunk metropolis co-founded by Aang and Firelord Zuko as a place where people from different tribes could live together in harmony.

Except…Republic City is a dangerous place where a new, anti-benders movement has begun to rise. Can even the Avatar bring balance to a city where crime and corruption run rampant, and benders are considered an elite class holding down anyone who can’t bend?

I’ve already watched the 1st two episodes and I really enjoyed them. Still in the same world as Avatar, enough time has passed that it really opens up the possibilities. Plus, Korra is very different from Aang. She’s older, looking to be well into her teens and has already mastered 3 out of the 4 styles of bending. And the world has progressed technologically. Initially, I had a problem with how far they’d come but a couple of twitter conversations convinced me that it really was a logical progression similar to how much things changed in our own world from, say, the 1850’s to the 1920’s.

If they stick to the same quality of storytelling as the original series, I can see The Legend of Korra doing very well and capturing the attention of a whole new generation of fans.

The first 2 episodes are available on Nickelodeon’s website and as of this writing, as free downloads via iTunes.

The series premiere is set for April 14th on Nickelodeon. Check your local listings for time and channel.

Here’s a trailer:

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